Shots Fired as Intruder Breaches Home of Air Force One

Joint Base Andrews is breached by intruder, again
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2023 1:41 AM CST
Shots Fired as Intruder Breaches Home of Air Force One
The sign for Joint Base Andrews is seen, Friday, March 26, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Another intruder has breached the home of Air Force One, one of the nation's most sensitive military bases, and this time a resident opened fire on the trespasser, Joint Base Andrews said in a statement late Monday. During the incident, which occurred at about 11:30am Monday, “a man gained unauthorized access to a JBA housing area,” Joint Base Andrews said in a statement posted to Twitter. “A resident discharged a firearm, security forces arrived on scene to apprehend the intruder and law enforcement is investigating the incident.” Joint Base Andrews is home to the fleet of blue and white presidential aircraft, including Air Force One, Marine One, and the “doomsday” 747 aircraft that can serve as the nation's airborne nuclear command and control centers if needed, the AP reports.

The Air Force said late Monday it did not have anything to add beyond the Andrews statement about Monday’s intrusion. It's not the first time the base's security has been breached; in February 2021 a man got through the military checkpoint onto the installation, then through additional fenced secure areas to gain access to the flight line and climb into a C-40, which is the military's 737-equivalent aircraft used to fly government officials. That intruder was apprehended because the “mouse ears” cap he was wearing struck an observant airman as odd.

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